Are the Melungeons the answer to your family mystery? Find out Jan 2

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Sno-Isle Genealogical society meets Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at 6:30pm at the LDS Family History Center, 22015 48th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace

After a brief meeting the program at 7pm presented by Craig Gowans is titled

The Melungeons: A Look at America’s Tri-Racial Isolates

When white settlers began pushing into the Appalachians in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, they encountered mysterious communities of English speaking settlers with darker skin but European features, such as blue eyes.

While they called themselves Portuguese and claimed to be white, the English and Scottish settlers generally considered them to be black and socially, if not legally inferior to whites. They referred to these people as Melungeons, a word that until recently carried a very pejorative connotation.

This is a closer look at these mountain peoples of the Appalachia and their cultural, ethnic, genetic and genealogical contribution to America.

Guests are invited. For more information call 425-775-6267 on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday from 11am - 3pm.


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